Paul Cézanne: 12 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

'In 1907, the year after Cézanne's death, this portion of the painting was detached from the wall, transferred to canvas, and sold.'

Source: Chrysler Museum of Art

Bather and Rocks (circa 1860-1866) by Paul CezanneChrysler Museum of Art

'Vigorously and freely painted in a dark and limited palette, his work has more in common with the old masters than with impressionism. The Phillips Collection's painting was the first self-portrait by Cézanne to enter an American museum.'

Source: The Phillips Collection

Self-Portrait (1878-1880) by Paul CézanneThe Phillips Collection

'With this careful composition, Cézanne suggests that the painting is both a mirror of nature and something which stands apart; as he put it, "It is understood that the artist places himself in front of nature; he copies it while interpreting it."'

Source: MoMA The Museum of Modern Art

Milk Can and Apples (1879 - 1880) by Paul CézanneMoMA The Museum of Modern Art

'Cézanne's father purchased a large mansion called Jas de Bouffan on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence in 1859.'

Source: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The Bare Trees at Jas de Bouffan (1885-86) by Paul CézanneThe National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

'Even in these rough sketches, it seems that Cézanne placed less emphasis on his subject than he did on the composition of color.'

Source: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Pot and Soup Tureen (1888-90) by Paul CézanneThe National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

'The planes and volumes are distributed in space, with no concern for conventional perspective: the lengthening of the left arm and the elimination of the chair's right-hand armrest both attest to Cézanne's lack of concern for the standard construction of depth. Among the portraits of Madame Cézanne, this one occupies an intermediate place between the domestic portrait and the rather elaborate effigies.'

Source: Musée de l'Orangerie

Portrait of Madame Cézanne (Circa 1890) by Paul CézanneMusée de l'Orangerie

'Cézanne represents one of the workers from the fields and vineyards of his family home the Jas de Bouffan, a large estate close to Aix-en-Provence. The peasant stands with a calm, meditative expression, and his monumental form suggests the timeless, traditional values that Cézanne associated with Provençal peasants.'

Source: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Man with a Pipe (L'homme à la pipe) (1890/1892) by Paul CézanneThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'His interest was not in the objects themselves but in using them to experiment with shape, color, and lighting. He arranged his still lifes so that everything locked together.'

Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum

Still Life with Apples (1893–1894) by Paul CézanneThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Probably executed about 1895, the painting records the shift in Cézanne's art, twenty years after he had begun to move away from Impressionism. He wished to "treat nature through cylinders, spheres and cones" and has approached this portrait like a still life.'

Source: Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Woman with a Coffeepot (Circa 1895) by Paul CézanneMusée d’Orsay, Paris

'Instead of reflecting nature accurately, Cézanne intended to arouse in the viewer an impression of mass and depth.'

Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Landscape in Provence (between 1895 and 1900) by Paul CézanneMuseum of Fine Arts, Budapest

'This canvas is one of a set of plein-air paintings produced by Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence towards the end of his life. In it, Cézanne's gardener, Vallier, poses against the balustrade on the terrace of the artist's new studio, close to Les Lauves.'

Source: Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza

Portrait of Peasant (1905 - 1906) by Paul CézanneMuseo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

'This is the largest, the last, and in many ways, the most ambitious work from Cézanne's lifelong exploration of the time-honored theme of nudes in a landscape.'

Source: Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Large Bathers (1900-1906) by Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906Philadelphia Museum of Art

Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
Google apps